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24 May

I have been listing to Leeland’s Sound of Melodies

Yeah, I know…Leeland released this album last year, but I have just gotten a hold of it.

Leedland is a welcomed, fresh voice in Christian music. The lead singer, Leeland Mooring is also the main song writer and is only 18. He was 17 when he recorded Sound of Melodies. I do not listen to much Christian music anymore, so I cannot honestly compare Leeland to other “Christian” artists, but from what I have heard from the Christian market…Leeland is quite different.

Their music is unique. I would classify it in the Maroon 5/Coldplay genre….whatever that is called. What I like about Leeland is that they are truly Christian artists. They are unashamedly followers of Christ but they don’t sacrifice their artistry for the bland, same-old-same sound you hear from most “Christian” artists. Their lyrics are moving and passionate, spiritual and biblical without being preachy.

I particularly like “Tears of the Saints.” I am going to use two clips from this song in video for my “Just Walk Accross the Room” teaching series that I am doing in June. Here are the lyrics:

Tears of the Saints
Words & Music by Leeland Dayton Mooring and Jack Anthony Mooring
© 2006 Meaux Mercy (BMI) / Meaux Jeaux (SESAC)

There are many prodigal sons
On our city streets they run
Searching for shelter
And there are homes broken down
People’s hopes have fallen to the ground
From failures

This is an emergency

There are tears from the saints
For the lost and unsaved
We’re crying for them come back home
We’re crying for them come back home
And all your children will stretch out their hands
And pick up the crippled man
Father we will lead them home
Father we will lead them home

There are schools full of hatred
Even churches have forsaken
Love and mercy
May we see this generation
In its state of desperation
For Your glory

This is an emergency

There are tears from the saints
For the lost and unsaved
We’re crying for them come back home
We’re crying for them come back home
And all your children will stretch out their hands
And pick up the crippled man
Father we will lead them home
Father we will lead them home

Sinner, reach out your hands
Children, in Christ you stand
And sinner, reach out your hands
Children, in Christ you stand

There are tears from the saints
For the lost and unsaved
We’re crying for them come back home
We’re crying for them come back home
And all your children will stretch out their hands
And pick up the crippled man
Father we will lead them home
Father we will lead them home

Josh Taylor wrote a great review of Leeland on Jesus Freak Hideout.com. Here is the review:

I’ll be completely honest. Next to nothing that comes out of mainstream CCM
excites me anymore. It’s not a personal vendetta against the industry. It just
seems to me that art and talent have taken a backseat to what sells these days.
None of this is to say that there are not exceptions, because there are. But the
bulk of what makes up mainstream CCM just seems to lack passion, drive, and,
dare I say, talent.

And then comes a band like Leeland. Out of Baytown, Texas, these five
young men (Vocalist Leeland Mooring was still seventeen during the recording of
this album) have signed to Essential Records and are ready to release their
mainstream debut Sound of Melodies. With a little Coldplay, a bit of Muse, and
even some throwback to the Beatles, Leeland has the accessibility to get radio
airplay, but enough “indie appeal” to keep kids singing along that normally
wouldn’t turn on a radio. The instrumental arrangements (Pianos, and string
arrangements included) are thought out and intricate, and Leeland Mooring’s at
times soaring, and at other times peaceful vocals are a lot more mature than
most of his mainstream counterparts.

You can hear the passion in his voice as he relays the lyrics he
himself has penned. Mooring is a talented songwriter, and the proof is written
all over Sound of Melodies. The lyrics are catchy and beautiful, but most of
all, they are delicately penned love songs to God… so much so, that some might
be quick to label this a “worship album.” They’d be exactly right.

Songs like “Reaching” and “Sound of Melodies” relate the Church’s
praises to God, “Can You hear the sound of melodies/ Rising up to You, God/ The
sound of Your love/ Is what You’re hearing/ The sound of Your sons/ You want
Your children/ Your daughters in love/ You want Your Children.” “Tears of the
Saints” is a desperate cry for the Church to be missionaries to our own culture,
“Even churches have forsaken/ Love and mercy/ May we see this generation/ In its
state of desperation/ For Your glory/ This is an emergency.”

Whether Leeland is picking up speed on “Reaching,” or offering a mostly
acoustic ballad on “Beautiful Lord,” Sound of Melodies is a real winner. Perhaps
even better: It’s exciting. Such promise in such a young band is hard to come
by, but Leeland is the poster child. Not only is this arguably the best thing to
come out of Essential Records since Jars of Clay debuted in 1995, but it’s also
one of the most important releases in recent CCM history.
Review date: 8/13/06, written by Josh Taylor

You can download a few of their songs from their myspace page: http://www.myspace.com/leelandmusic

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